Main Street Resident Experience
The Kelsey convenes the “Inclusive Houser Network,” an industry group of organizations developing or operating inclusive housing throughout the United States. This group currently includes sixteen organizations, one of which is Main Street, based in Rockville, Maryland. Main Street had been a longtime partner and collaborator with The Kelsey, including co-hosting the Building Inclusivity convening in 2021.
Main Street opened their doors in August of 2020. In addition to their beautiful, bright and modern apartments, they launched a membership-based community in their vibrant 10,000 sq. ft. community space at the base of the building, open to those of all abilities, including residents and non-residents who join as members. Main Street offers up to 20+ weekly virtual and in-person programs delivered by a diverse array of community partners and centered around culture, movement, wellness, art, food and social opportunities. Programs are for everyone (residents and community members) to come as they are and choose how they participate, learn and connect.
This guest author piece from Jillian Copeland, Main Street Founder, shares what meaningful programming looks like, lessons learned from resident experiences and how to support community-driven input and leadership.